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I need help making my usb flash drive bootable for hp proliant dl380 g4

I am trying to install an OS (I tried solaris 10 and redhat) on my hp proliant dl380 g4, I tried using a DVD and was not successful. So I want to try using my usb flash drive but I am having difficulty understanding how to make the drive bootable ( make my system notice it) If anyone could help I'd appreciated it. Thanks in advance

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  • Sys Admin Nov 27, 2013

    I just formatted the flash drive and put a solaris 10 iso in it.

  • Sys Admin Nov 27, 2013

    when I booted the system it said no OS found?

  • Brad Brown Nov 28, 2013

    Did you set the BIOS boot order to look at the USB first?

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SOURCE: i am using HP DL380 G4 SERVER,cd rom drive is not

Make sure the BIOS is fully updated from the HP website. Most DL3-series servers supported booting from an external USB cd, try F10 or F12 at boot in order to bring up a boot menu.

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